CELEBRATED RUSSIAN TV PERSONALITY/SINGER OLEG FRISH TO HOST RADIO SHOW IN THE U.S. – WEEKLY PROGRAM TO SERVE AS HOMAGE TO THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
“Very positive and very swinging.” New York Daily News
“He has an appealing voice, his accent is charming, and he swings happily throughout songs.” Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
New York, NY—Hot on the heels of his critically-acclaimed debut CD in the United States, “Bring Me Sunshine,” and his sold-out runs at New York’s Metropolitan Room and Catalina’s in Los Angeles, Oleg Frish will debut his new hour-long radio program, OLEG FRISH – STANDARD TIME, on New York City’s WNYM – 970AM on Saturday evenings from 5-6pm eastern time beginning January 12th. The show will also be broadcast live worldwide via the Internet.
Oleg Frish is probably one of the most famous men in America that you’ve never heard of. Of the five million Russians living in the United States, Frish is one of the best known personalities and is often described as the Merv Griffin of Russian-American entertainment—a versatile and well regarded TV and radio host and a singer, too—in multiple languages. To further augment and support his love and great passion for the music and style of The Great American Songbook, Frish’s weekly show, OLEG FRISH – STANDARD TIME, will feature the music of classic standards performers such as Buddy Greco, Blossom Dearie, Eydie Gorme, Tony Bennett, Vikki Carr, Connie Francis, Brenda Lee, Ben E. King, The Four Freshmen, Nancy Wilson, and Diane Schuur as well as the new wave of Jazz interpreters including Michael Buble, Peter Cincotti and Jane Monheit. The show will also include celebrity interviews, trivia, stories and history about the Great American Songbook, as well as jazz, cabaret and rock’n’roll.
“I might very well be the first foreigner on American airwaves to promote this music style, but it is my passion and I hope to keep introducing new audiences to this glorious art form so that the music will continue to grow, gain new listeners and be perpetually appreciated.”
“Oleg is a delightful and entertaining Russian singer-stylist extraordinaire…A man possessed of a light musical touch and strong sense of both himself and our beloved American Songbook.”–Cabaret Exchange
“A unique personality. He is a TV and Radio host, a singer, a journalist and a peppy, sunny, positive man.”-The Paul Leslie Radio Hour
“An ebullient personality, crackling with good-spirited energy, enamored of the classic songs of America’s great pop songwriters... handsome renditions backed by a quartet that persuasively recalled the big band sounds of the 1940s.”-Cabaret Scenes
A passionate and rabid fan of American music and the Great American songbook in particular, Oleg’s wildly successful Russian-American Television Show, “Time Out,” was broadcast weekly on the Russian-American Television Network NTV across the U.S. and featured his celebrated interviews with many American music and celebrity icons including the late James Brown, Donna Summer, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Nancy Wilson, B.B. King, Connie Francis and many others. Said legendary singer and Vegas icon Keely Smith, “Oleg knows and loves American music.”
In 2010 Oleg took some time off from his TV duties to record his ode to the art of timeless music, the English-language CD project, “Bring Me Sunshine” which was recorded in the same studios used by Frank Sinatra and Nelson Riddle. Frish teamed with Patrick Williams, who was also the arranger-conductor for both of Sinatra’s “Duets” albums, and “Bring Me Sunshine” was recorded at the legendary Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood California. 20—time Grammy Award winner Al Schmitt, who has engineered or produced records for Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Jefferson Airplane, Eddie Fisher, Glenn Yarborough, Jackson Browne and Neil Young and engineered Ray Charles' Genius Loves Company, which won eight Grammy® Awards in 2004, is the engineer on the lushly-orchestrated CD.
Born in the USSR, Frish hails from a musical family—his mother is a pianist and his father was longtime head of the children’s choir and an important member of the artistic community. Oleg always knew that show business was where he wanted to be and so he embarked on a performing career after graduating from the Kalinin State University.
Among his first jobs 30 years ago was that of a “singing psychic.” As part of his act, he would guess what songs people in the audience were thinking about and then sing them. His powerful “mind reading” skills lead to national recognition and certification by one of the Soviet Union’s top cultural institutions; it also lead to his induction into the prestigious World Magicians Brotherhood.
With so much recognition coming his way, Oleg moved to Moscow, where he became the editor of a prominent performing arts magazine covering the fields of music, variety and circuses. While in Moscow, Frish also obtained a degree in the history of variety and circus arts, and developed an interest in promoting Russian “stars of the past.” Frish then toured the country and beyond, lecturing on show biz history to students and the general public and gained a reputation as an expert in this area of study.
Following periodic trips to other countries, including the U.S., Frish decided to move to America and particularly the New York City area, where a large immigrant population gave birth to a small but growing Russian-language publishing, entertainment and broadcast industry. Once there he called on old friends from Moscow to help accelerate his career in the U.S., and was soon writing articles and hosting a regularly scheduled program on WMNB, where he interviewed such Russian notables as Tatiana Samoilova and Elena Kamburova for a show titled “Walking The Streets of Moscow.”
The time ultimately arrived when a Russian-language TV station was ready for broadcast in America—about the same time as Oleg’s appetite for and knowledge of American pop music of the 50’s and 60’s was growing. NTV America was established in New York and along with it a flagship entertainment magazine show hosted by Frish. “Time Out” became a staple of the Russian network and featured Frish hosting a who’s who of American show business luminaries.
“This new radio show is really the next logical step in my career,” says Frish. “I am thrilled and excited to be hosting it – this music has such a special meaning in my life.” Frish is currently at work on his next CD scheduled for release in 2013.